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The four players who could make or break the Gold Coast Suns in 2022

The Gold Coast Suns must prove they have more character and resilience than they showed in the 2021 season, where they finished 16th.

The fact that eight of their 15 losses were 50 points or more in the 2021 season, which is more than half of the games they’ve lost, shows they weren’t at the races for a greater part of the season.

This makes it clear and clear that it’s inconceivable that the Suns’ goal would even be in the conversation when it comes to which teams can advance to the 2022 season finale.

There is no doubt that the Suns need to improve their performance. True, they took Jarrod Witts out for injury for the whole of 2021 and they missed his leadership. They managed to win seven games in 2021, but they need to show more vigor and character in the 2022 season. Their roster may be the fourth youngest, but they need to be competitive to build an audience. and a lasting brand.

Sam Collins was a revelation for the Suns in the 2021 season. Sometimes he played for two players. He played with a lot of effort and never gave up even when the game was actually over from the scoreboard perspective.

Collins’ never-say-die attitude is expected to be contagious in the 2022 season. He is a key, high-quality defender. The three games he missed were in Round 13, Round 14 and Round 15. In Round 15, they lost to the Wooden Spoons; he should play every game when available for selection.

Despite missing three games and being left out of the Suns squad, Collins finished fourth in his best and fairest game of the 2021 season and averaged the most interceptions of all Suns players averaging 7.00 per game.

Ben King had the highest goals-per-game average of any Suns player during the 2021 season averaging 2.14 goals per game. He has to build on that, as it has not had an impact on the way he has been assessed within the club; he finished outside the top ten of the Suns best and prettiest. He failed to score a goal on seven occasions; unacceptable for a player of his caliber.

Ben King (Photo by Graham Denholm / AFL Photos via Getty Images)

King averaged the fourth-highest contested rating of any Suns player, which just isn’t good enough for a player of his ability, averaging 1.09 contested rating per game. This is why sometimes his body language can seem laconic.

He must offer a competition to other players and attract defenders to him, so that his talent comes to fruition in the 2022 season.

Touk Miller has had an exceptional 2021 season. He has been extremely consistent and needs to replicate his consistency, as he will play a key role in how the Suns’ season goes in 2022. Being selected for the AFL All Australian squad in 2021 shows just how much impact he has. had and the role he played in the Suns by avoiding the dreaded wooden spoon.

Miller’s statistics were prolific; they speak for themselves, but he had the second-highest tackle average of any Suns player in the 2021 season with 7.10 tackles per game, as Hugh Greenwood had the tackle average in the game. highest of any Suns player with an average of 8.60 tackles per game. It’s a key indicator that even though Miller has been exceptional, he still has room for improvement as Hugh Greenwood will be a big loss for the Suns.

The only game Miller missed was in Round 9 by suspension, the Suns dropping 73 points to the Brisbane Lions. It’s an indication that he was a bit of a barometer for the Suns.

He averages the fifth most assignments of anyone in the AFL with an average of 31.81 and has had at least 20 or more assignments in each of his games. Along with that, he averages the second-highest number of yards gained of any Suns player with an average of 417.90 yards, which is impressive for a midfielder.

Miller doesn’t have to be a captain because he sets an example. He’s the player other teams might be looking to tag, which should give Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson an opportunity to take advantage.

Jack Lukosius is a utility capable of fulfilling a number of roles when called upon. In fact, it could be used anywhere from the rear center half to the front center half, on the wing or as a second ruck. He has so much potential to fill the gaps for the Suns.

The fact that he finished tenth behind the Suns’ best and fairest in the 2021 season indicates he needs to improve, given he hasn’t missed a single game. He managed an impressive 20.09 eliminations per game average. He needs to contribute more to the team – if he does, the sun will shine on the Suns!

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